WICHITA — New Covenant United Methodist Church is going to expand in Delano, but not until Al's Old & New Book Store owner Anita Siemer finds new space for her store.
"The move is going to hinge on Anita at the bookstore," says Cathy Holley, who is pastor of the decade-old church. "We're going to wait it out until she finds the right place to be."
The church has purchased the 5,000-square-foot building that's home to Al's and Signlab.net at 1710 and 1712 W. Douglas. It also bought the 3,000-square-foot storefront where it currently meets at 1718 W. Douglas.
"We're doing this because we do want to stay connected in the Delano community," Holley says. "The community is very important to us."
Holley says the church needs a larger worship space and the ability to serve more members.
"Right now we just don't have room to grow," she says. "The configuration of the building we're in now doesn't allow us to do any renovations."